A Scottish company is manufacturing and selling face masks with a clear panel that makes the wearer’s mouth visible, thus allowing them to communicate with someone who relies on lip-reading.
Here’s the company’s description of the product, which you can buy from their online shop.
Lip Reading Face Masks
The lip-reading facemask is uniquely designed to provide access to personal protection for many disadvantaged groups in our society. Designed to allow full sight of the lips and mouth area these facemasks will be standard cup is the result of continual facemask trial and design to get to where we are now. We have to date helped many charities and care sector organisations supporting the deaf, hard of hearing, lip-reading community, and many others providing early language development therapy, dementia care, and interpretation services.
Made from a more structured and slightly heavier cotton to help hold the clear plastic panel firm in place to avoid slipping and unwanted movement. Soft and pliable yet ultra-thin the plastic is stitched in between the two-ply cotton. To compensate for the heavier material used on the outside a soft and forgiving liner ensures this is equally as comfortable to wear for users as our other facemasks. The usage and settings where these facemasks can help is hugely exciting and we are continually exploring new design options, material types and combinations. If you have any ideas on how this product can be improved or you think have thoughts, we would help other disadvantaged groups please get in touch.
Make Your Own Lip-Reading Face Mask
The National Deaf Children’s Society’s website has instructions and “how-to” videos if you want to make your own lip-reading mask at home.